Our Voices

The Cases of Michael Brown and Rekia Boyd

In 2012, Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old Black woman, was killed by an off-duty police officer in Chicago, IL. In 2014, Black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. To this day, their killers have never been held accountable.

Now, on the 9-year anniversary of Micheal Brown’s murder, we and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University have filed briefs before the @ComisionIDH requesting a hearing on the Brown and Boyd cases. Bringing these cases before an international human rights body not only marks the latest step in a years-long legal journey, but also a first-of-its-kind legal endeavor.